Operation Christmas Child
Every minute somewhere in the world 4 children are sold into slavery, 14 die of HIV & related illness, 12 die from malnutrition and countless others are being recruited by terrorist groups. BUT, because of the eternal power of a simple shoebox gift, every minute 19 children hear the gospel, 5 enroll in The Greatest Journey discipleship program (after receiving a box), 4 graduate from the program and 2 children come to Jesus!
For the ministry of Operation Christmas Child the goal of the shoebox gift is always about The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) which is evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication. The gift is the tool used by God to open a child’s heart to receive the good news of Jesus or to show His sovereign hand!
The TCCC Women’s Ministry invites our church to once again join together to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in order to reach a 2016 church goal of 300 boxes! Use a standard size shoebox or pick up free boxes and packing info in the Main Foyer beginning October 2. The deadline for returning boxes to the Welcome Center is November 6. If questions, contact Shelley Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Jones in the church office. A quality shoebox will include a “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, toy car, ball, or doll along with a few school supplies, hygiene items, and other small toys. A note to the recipient is treasured! OCC brochures are available to provide a boy/girl label to tape to the top of your box and an envelope for a $7 shipping donation (write checks to Samaritan’s Purse) which can be placed inside the box.
Be sure to PRAY over your box because every packed gift enables God to begin to write an incredible story!
Impact Story: Dania and her family were Christians living in an area of the world where 95% are unbelievers. They were poor and suffered persecution for sharing their faith. But they trusted in God and learned how to pray for every need including a desire for a radio so they could be connected to local and world news. When Dania received a shoebox gift she was so excited about each brand new and special item, but imagine her family’s surprise when they discovered tucked into her box a radio! God encouraged them greatly with an answer to their prayers!!
For more packing ideas, impact stories,
and to learn how to follow-your-box, visit the OCC website at